Do I have a roo on my hands?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by arlenena, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. arlenena

    arlenena Just Hatched

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    Hello all, I am new to the chicken world and my curiosity is going to kill me. I have 16 supposedly pullets, but am convinced that I have more than one male. They were 3 weeks old Monday, yes I know that is very young but this one particular Buff Orpington got a very prominent comb a week ago. Much bigger than the others. Since then, I have been looking all the different breeds and there seems to be several that stand out different from the other same breed. If any of you have the time, I would love some input or comments on my "girls" We are really having a good time so far and looking forward to times ahead. We are only allowed 10 hens in town, so having roosters will make it easier to cull them. Just need to find homes for them. I love and appreciate all the advise I am l learning here. Thank you and sorry for all the picture. I couldn't tell which ones I wanted when uploading.
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  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Without question, the one orpington is a cockerel...
     
  3. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    so far it looks like you have 2 cockerel
     
  4. arlenena

    arlenena Just Hatched

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    Other than the BO, which other one are you thinking? The black and white one that stands tall? Thank you so much for your help
     
  5. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    the barred rock i think its a cockerel in this pic it looks too be one
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    the one next to the feeder standing up but still need a better pic of it tell
     
  6. arlenena

    arlenena Just Hatched

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    Oh wow! Thank you... My husband thinks one of the EE is one too. I'll post a few more pics in the next week or two
     
  7. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    thanks that sounds great
     
  8. olivigus

    olivigus Out Of The Brooder

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    Definitely agree about that buff being a boy. When you have a few of the same breed to compare it can be much easier to see the differences.

    We had six barred rocks in our first group of chicks and one turned out to be a rooster--his comb was noticeable bigger and redder after a few weeks, his feet grew faster and his legs were thicker, and he also started to get the stripes in his coloring much before the others did. So keep an eye out for those things in yours.
     
  9. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see only one roo - the BO with the red comb is without question! In a few weeks, you'll be able to tell about the others, but they look like pullets to me :)
     
  10. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most of the rocks look like pullets to me based on coloring/feathering. The one closest to the camera in the 5th photo down (with the buffs and the b/w chick) may be a male - give him a week or three and he should start feathering out noticeable different. Difficult to tell with hatchery stock (for me anyway) sometimes...

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    Above is a sample of male feathering at about 8/9 weeks in my barred rock flock.

    Below is sample of feathering at around 3/4 weeks from same flock. Pullet left, Cockerel right (Polish pullet mutt center)


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